Peter Kellner's Commentaries

How the parties should manage their brands

What Ed Miliband has in common with Arsene Wenger, why UKIP should ... read more

Scotland: No enters polling day 4% ahead

The past week has seen the political equivalent of trench war: massive ... read more

'No' campaign retain 4 point lead in Scottish referendum

YouGov's final pre-election survey for The Times and Sun indicates that No ... read more

Scotland: odds shift in favour of No victory

Unless something dramatic happens in the next three days, a No victory ... read more

Scotland’s Yes bandwagon stalls

Alex Salmond has lost this week’s skirmishes; the next seven days will ... read more

'No' campaign lead at 4 in Scottish referendum

With less than a week to go, the No campaign has moved ... read more

Scotland: ‘Yes’ blitzkrieg wipes out ‘No’ lead

In the past four weeks support for the union has drained away ... read more

Support for Scottish independence jumps to 47%

For six months, Alex Salmond seemed to be heading for a heavy ... read more

Peter Kellner is President of YouGov. He was previously a journalist and political commentator for the Sunday Times, Independent, New Statesman, Evening Standard, BBC Newsnight, BBC election programmes and Channel 4 News.

He wrote the “Journalists' Guide to Opinion Polls” for the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars. In 2011 he was given a Special Recognition award by the Political Studies Association for his work over four decades on opinion polls, elections and political analysis.

As well as being a member of the British Polling Council's committee on disclosure, Peter has been an adviser on polls and public opinion to the Bank of England, Foreign Office, Corporation of London, National Westminster Bank plc and Trades Union Congress.

Peter is also a member of the Council, National Institute of Economics and Social Research and a Trustee at the Action on Smoking and Health, the Hansard Society and Upring. He has an MA in Economics and Statistics from Cambridge University.

Peter’s previous work includes:

  • Columnist, London Evening Standard, 1996-2003
  • Political analyst: Powerhouse, Channel Four, 1999-2003
  • Political analyst, BBC TV Newsnight & election programmes, 1989-1999
  • Director, Political Context, 1996-1998
  • Columnist and opinion poll analyst, Sunday Times, 1992-1996
  • Columnist and opinion poll analyst, The Independent, 1986-1992
  • Political Commentator, Week in Politics, Channel Four, 1982-1988
  • Political Editor, New Statesman, 1980-1987
  • Director, Middle East Economic Digest, 1984-1986
  • Staff journalist, Sunday Times, 1969-1980


  • Author: Democracy: the 1,000-year struggle for British Liberty, 2009
  • Author: New Mutualism: The Third Way, 1998
  • Introduction to Thorns and Roses (Neil Kinnock’s speeches), 1992
  • Co-author: The Civil Servants, 1980
  • Co-author: Callaghan: The Road to Number Ten, 1976
  • Contributor to various books and pamphlets


  • Special Recognition Award, Political Studies Association, 2011
  • Chairman of the Year, Quoted Companies Alliance, 2006

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